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A couple in protective masks during the coronavirus outbreak walk past the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Friday, April 3, 2020. The museum has temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania residents told to wear masks in public

Apr. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Pennsylvania residents should wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and surpassed 100 deaths Gov. Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to make their own cloth masks and put them on when they go to the...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file booking photo, provided by the Marinette County Jail is Raymand Vannieuwenhoven. A judge has ruled that the 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Vannieuwenhoven didn't understand the proceedings and couldn't assist in his own defense against two counts of first-degree murder. (Marinette County Jail via AP, File)

Judge: Man accused in 1976 killings not competent for trial

Mar. 27, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Raymand Vannieuwenhoven did not understand the...

Ferguson settles municipal court fees lawsuit for $1.7M

Mar. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has agreed to a $1.7 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused its municipal court of charging illegal court fees, attorneys involved in the case said Wednesday. A judge on Tuesday approved a preliminary settlement. A final hearing is...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, Mauricio Torres is escorted out of the Benton County Courthouse Annex, in Bentonville Ark. A state judge on Thursday, March 19, 2020 said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to the Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Judge: Arkansas man to get third trial in son's death

Mar. 19, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren rejected a request by prosecutors to limit the mistrial he...

In this undated photo, Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith poses for a photo in Mississippi. Police said Smith was shot and critically wounded Monday, March 16, 2020, outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, Miss.  (The Meridian Star via AP)

Police say shooting of Mississippi judge was 'personal'

Mar. 18, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The recent shooting of a Mississippi judge outside a courthouse was “personal,” authorities said Tuesday. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot near his abdomen Monday morning outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse as he was exiting his truck to go into the...

Cars line up outside the Central Outreach Wellness Center on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Monday, March 16, 2020, for drive-by testing for COVID-19. The testing, that is limited to 100 kits at present, is being done in partnership with Quest Diagnostics, one of the commercial laboratory companies that have offered COVID-19 tests to dramatically increase the nation's capability. Central Outreach Medical Director Dr. Stacy Lane said the drive-by testing is being used to not contaminate waiting rooms. The testing is based on screening questions for symptoms of dry cough or fever, Central Outreach said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Governor orders COVID-19 shutdown across Pennsylvania

Mar. 16, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf extended a shutdown order Monday to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, although he also maintained that he will not send the National Guard or state police to force businesses to close or stop events. Wolf acted in...

Justice on hold: coronavirus prompts court delays, closings

Mar. 16, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California courts are delaying trials and even temporarily closing their doors in hopes of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, moves intended to balance public safety with due process that could leave some cases in limbo for weeks. The Contra Costa County Superior Court is...

Judge: Cancellation of high court election was legal

Mar. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state legally canceled a scheduled May 19 election for a seat on the state's highest court, a judge ruled Monday, saying the governor can rightfully fill the post even though a judge who is resigning won't leave until November. Two would-be candidates had accused...

Police block off streets following the shooting of Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse, in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Smith was shot and critically wounded in the parking lot outside the courthouse.  (Dave Bohrer/The Meridian Star via AP)

Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded near courthouse

Mar. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A judge has been shot and critically wounded outside a courthouse in Mississippi, police said. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot Monday morning in the parking lot outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, WTOK-TV reported. Smith was getting out of truck to go...

Joseph James DeAngelo, charged with being the Golden State Killer, talks with his attorney, Diane Howard, during his appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 12, 2020. Superior Court Judge Steve White approved prosecutors' request to take more DNA samples from DeAngelo over the objections of his defense attorneys. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Judge OKs more DNA tests from alleged Golden State Killer

Mar. 12, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge on Thursday approved prosecutors’ request to take more DNA samples from a man charged with being the infamous "Golden State Killer" who eluded arrest for decades. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White also told prosecutors to...